Biaotong Geng (He/him)
Biaotong Geng was born in Hebei, China in 1998.
He studied architecture at Xi’an JIAOTONG-Liverpool University (2015-2017) and University of Liverpool (2017-2019). He achieved his BA in Architecture at 2019. After his BA graduation, he had one yaer-out experience of working on a wide range of projects in Shanghai including the Shanghai Old Wharf warehouse’s reconstruction and Zhongyang Plaza’s conceptual design and Urban design in Haian, China. During his practice and study, he became quite interested in Critical regionalism design. During his study in Mackintosh School of Architecture he always tries to respond local geographical environment and build interaction between human, culture and history in his design. He believes that a quality architectual design should always case positive impact on urban space. In his final design thesis, he tried to intervene the space quality of Clyde River to reconnect citizens, context and culture of Glasgow City.
The Bridge of Memory
Memories are often elusive and hard to capture, It’s like a glorious city which hiding in the clouds and mountains. We all crave for a bridge to permanently connect our memories to prevent it from being lost, just because it is so important for our lives, and it bears witness to our connection with the world for keeping our souls alive.
River Clyde is a significant character of Glasgow, however it has been separated from residential areas since last century by the heavy industry ‘s areas. Today, Glasgow’s heavy industry has largely disappeared, however, because of the lack the facilities, River Clyde still acts like a strong boundary separating Glasgow’s city and culture, residents’ memory of this river and city also disappearing. It is the time to reconnect the city and give Clyde back to residents.
Bridges always stand for connection and bearing. A bridge of memory will be built in this project. It is a living bridge with different functional areas for connecting the separated city on the one hand, more importantly, it will be helpful to reconnect Glasgow’s citizens and culture by evoking and creating people’s memory. Memory of the City, memory of citizens’ life. By evoking the memory of Glasgow and River Clyde, past and now can be connected; By evoking citizens memory of their own life, Glasgow city and world can be connected; By creating great new memories, today’s Glasgow can be connected with people’s future life. The better connection can be built by the meeting of physical city and memories from different people.